Michael Ho is a founder and managing director of Praxis Partners,LLC,a financial advisory firm focused on providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services to middle-market companies and custom executive education programs for financial institutions. Dr. Ho received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), his MBA in Finance from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in Finance from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Prior to co-founding Praxis Partners and its predecessor company, he was a principal in mergers and acquisitions and director of Asia-Pacific investment banking at Robertson Stephens & Company, a leading financial advisor to emerging growth companies in the high-technology, health care and consumer products and specialty retailing industries. Before joining Robertson Stephens, he was in the mergers and acquisitions department at the First Boston Corporation under the direction of Bruce Wasserstein and Joe Perella.Michael has developed and delivered custom education programs in the area of corporate finance, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate strategy.Past executive education clients include Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of America, NationsBank, Wachovia, Fifth Third Bank, Robertson Stephens, Montgomery, SNL Financial, GE Nuclear and EMC.Michael is the Morris Cohen Chair of Consumer Credit and Professor of Practice at the Darden Graduate School of Business and has also served as a professor of finance at Babson College and Butler University, teaching courses in financial statement analysis, enterprise valuation, corporate restructuring and investment banking; he is currently a director of the Telamon Corporation and FibroChem, LLC.